So far for 2018, Jetset has seen the demand for activity and golfing package holidays from the UK climbing high and has noted that that Portugal in particular appears to be setting the pace.

Not only a good city break destination but with beaches and bunkers galore, Portugal is proving to be one of the operator’s fastest growing destinations for package bookings across all demographics, durations and budgets.

Chloe Smyth, product executive for the company, said: “Southern Portugal figures continue to grow and the UK market seems primed to help Portugal continue to build on its record tourist numbers from the last few years. This popularity is not only due to its year round sunshine but for one of Portugal’s standout treasures; golf. At the 2018 Annual Travel Awards, for the second consecutive year, Algarve was voted the best Golf destination in Europe. After seven years of absence, the Open de Portugal returned in 2017 and one of the top selling hotel chains for Jetset, NAU Hotels & Resorts, were the proud hosts with its magnificent Morgado Golf & Country Club property just north of the beautiful Marina resort of Portimao. Its not just the two courses that are available for different levels of golfers, one Par 73 and one Par 71 that makes this stand out, it is the fact that the area has a sublime landscape and is so rich in nature”

Located 40 minutes east of Portimao, Vilamoura with its luxury marina, beaches and golf courses is the resort that the operator reports to be its number one Algarve destination. Smyth added: “Vilamoura is packed with things to do for families, couples or solo travellers and there is such a great spread of hotel product ranging from the budget to the boutique. Quality chains such as Anantara have a property there and there are a few from the Tivoli Hotels and Resorts chain too such as The Residences at Victoria Algarve Golf Club which is another top seller and the perfect choice for anyone looking to combine a relaxing stay with some great golf as it is within walking distance from three of the top golf courses in the Algarve.”

The operator’s Package Pal system enables agents to use dynamic filters when searching for accommodation and home in on specific areas such as Vilamoura or facilities where hotels with sport facilities can be searched for. There is also a ‘Places of Interest’ bar on Map View which can help agents locate golf courses and hotels that are nearby.

The operator has also noted that a surprise and emerging destination on the Portugal golf scene is Porto. The multifaceted city is typically associated with food and drink but Jetset is keen to highlight that the city is also able to offer a variety of outdoor nature activities and golf options; Porto is home to the oldest golf club in the country, the Oporto Golf Club in Espinho.

Holidaymakers can travel on the new route from London City to Porto with TAP and packages on JETS start from £320 for a three-night break.

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